Welcome to probably one of the easiest recipe of this blog: the gomasio recipe. If you know what “gomasio” is, than you are a lucky cook. If you do not know, then read these lines!
Gomasio = goma (sesame) & sio (salt). It is a Japanese dry condiment composed of toasted sesame and salt. Depending on the recipe, the salt is also toasted. This is a really short recipe: you will only need 2 very simple ingredients as you may have understood by now: coarse salt and sesame seeds.
Some see gomasio as a way to salt dishes in a healthier way (you definitely will be using less salt). You can use it as a topping for very different dishes. It is delicious with rice for example, but I use it with many different dishes. Add it to any tomato salad, use it with cucumbers and crushed garlic, spread on top of an avocado toast, or even use it to season sweet potato fries.
And not only it is good but it can be a great gift to treat your guests. As soon as you put that as a toping of a dish, your guests will ask you “wow, what is this?”. So I have now prepared a few glass jars to offer them as a gift before they go back home.
The principle of the gomasio recipe
Toast the salt on a frying pan (with no oil, it needs to be dry) until it gets grayish on low fire. Be careful because the salt may pop out of the pan with the heat and can burn you. Once the salt has turned grey, add the sesame seeds and keep toasting them until they have turned into a beautiful gold. After that, put them in a mortar and grind them with the pestle. Once they are ready, let them cool down before putting them in a hermetic jar.
What is the ratio between salt and sesame?
The ratio is 5 (sesame) for 1 (salt). That is why the quantities in this recipe are indicative. You can make as much gomasio as you want!
I hope you will like it!